Kent State receives national diversity award

Carley Hull

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine announced Thursday that Kent State was a recipient of the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“Receiving the HEED Award is an exceptional honor for Kent State, the Division and all of the people that work together in support of making Kent State a place in which differences are valued and recognized,” said Dana Lawless-Andric, executive director of Diversity and Inclusion.

INSIGHT Into Diversity also honored 55 other universities and colleges nationwide and is the oldest and largest higher-education and diversity-focused publication, according to a press release on Kent State’s website.

“We are very pleased with the announcement of the HEED Award,” said Alfreda Brown, vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “Kent State colleges and divisions have advanced diversity across many aspects within the university.”

A few ways Kent State has advanced diversity is by progressing in recruitment, retention and success of diverse faculty, staff and students; implementing strategies to improve and broaden the participation of women, African-Americans, Latin-Americans and Native-Americans in science, technology, education and math disciplines; and advancing initiatives to enhance multiculturalism for the growing population of international students, Brown said.

Because Kent State received the award, the university will be featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity’s November 2013 issue.

Learn more about the HEED Award and view the November issue at

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